Marcus Dieterle

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Marcus Dieterle is the associate editor of the Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Maryland. Before that, he served as the editor-in-chief of The Towerlight. Marcus graduated from Towson University in 2018 with his bachelor's degree in journalism and political science. He can be reached at [email protected]

CDC: 65% of Marylanders 18 and older have received at least one COVID vaccine dose

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This is a picture of CDC’s laboratory test kit for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). CDC tests are provided to U.S. state and local public health laboratories, Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories and select international laboratories. Photo courtesy of CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 65.1% of Marylanders age 18 and older have received at least vaccine dose, as of Wednesday.

Mayor Scott appoints new homeless services director, deputy director

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Irene Agustin and Bill Wells will become Baltimore City’s director and deputy director of the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services starting in June. Photos via LinkedIn.

Irene Agustin, who serves in San Francisco’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, will take the helm of Baltimore City’s homeless services office, which has been without a permanent director for a year.

Maryland records lowest average positive COVID test rate since October

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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depicts the exterior structure of the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19. Image courtesy of CDC.

The average rate of COVID-19 tests in Maryland that have come back positive over the last seven days fell to 2.88% on Tuesday, the first time since October that the metric has been below the 3% mark.

On Oct. 12, Maryland health officials reported a seven-day average positive test rate of 2.87%.

Dumpster divers salvage food, furniture and more as pandemic fuels fondness for free stuff

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Yarrow First-Hartling searches a dumpster behind a makeup store in Frederick County for items that she can salvage. First-Hartling began dumpster diving around Christmas 2020 after seeing TikTok videos about it. Photo by Marcus Dieterle.

Yarrow First-Hartling slides back the blue metal door of the dumpster behind a home furnishings store, avoiding noisy clanging. Inside, she spots a ceramic bakeware set, a box of Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie-flavored coffee pods, an electronic insect trap and a cordless vacuum cleaner.

Baltimore Rock Opera Society to present shadow puppetry musicals

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Baltimore Rock Opera Society will present short musicals featuring shadow puppetry, running May 28 to June 6, the theater company announced on Monday. Image courtesy of Baltimore Rock Opera Society.

Baltimore Rock Opera Society will present a trio of short musicals featuring shadow puppetry, running May 28 to June 6, the theater company announced on Monday.

The performances will be BROS’s first live production since 2019.

Maryland confirms lowest daily new case total since July, average positive test rate continues to fall

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This is a picture of CDC’s laboratory test kit for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). CDC tests are provided to U.S. state and local public health laboratories, Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories and select international laboratories. Photo courtesy of CDC.

Maryland on Monday recorded the smallest daily total of newly reported COVID-19 cases in 11 months, since state officials reported 272 new confirmed cases on July 6.

Baltimore to launch program to divert some calls to behavioral health specialists instead of police

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Baltimore will start diverting some calls to behavioral health specialists instead of police by early June, Mayor Brandon Scott announced on Friday. Image via Facebook Live.

As part of a nationwide push to reduce the presence of police in certain crisis situations, Baltimore City will begin diverting some calls for service to behavioral health specialists and community partners by early June, Mayor Brandon Scott announced on Friday.

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